Arable News

Arable News

  • ONE OF the more surprising announcements made by Kverneland at its Agritechnica preview was that it is entering the self-propelled sprayer market with two-model in its iXdrive range.

  • GROWERS of oilseed rape who have very forward crops in the autumn - as is likely the case this year - can now apply a plant growth regulator to keep it in check before winter.

  • WITH PULSES an immediate winner of the EU's 'three-crop rule' strategy, growers are being warned about the side-effect of volunteer beans in cereal crops.

  • AN organic crop of Revelation wheat has yielded an incredible 9.9 tonnes per ha just across the Border in Northumberland.

  • THIS year's elongated and slow harvest, could mean that next year's crop will be affected by being sown at a less than optimal time for establishment.



  • Encouraging black-grass growth close to the soil surface, rather than trying to suppress it with ploughing or expensive cover crops, is the key to the effective long-term management of this problem grassweed, leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons has said.

  • WHILE LIVESTOCK producers have had a tough year, they're not alone - arable farmers are struggling just as much and the prospects are far from rosy, unless you can make all aspects of your farm business pay.

  • THE RECENT increase in anaerobic digester (AD) plants has created a demand for hybrid rye, a crop previously seldom grown in Scotland and such has been the interest in this low cost crop, arable farmers might soon be calling in a forage harvester, rather than a combine harvester.

  • TWO NEW high-yielding hybrid winter feed barleys have been fast-tracked through the system so that growers can plant them this autumn, a year ahead of schedule, are being given the thumbs up by agronomists in Scotland and Northern England.

  • COOL WEATHER has blunted crop development and disease levels but not thwarted either of those - that's the finding following the The Scottish Farmer's CropWatch tour, in conjunction with Bayer CropScience and SRUC.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • After more than two weeks of good harvest weather here in the Borders we are now into showery wet weather which is what many regions of the UK have been experiencing recently.

  • WHAT A DIFFERENCE a week makes as we in the Borders, like much of Scotland, have had some kind harvest weather with which to combine winter wheat and spring barley crops.

  • HARVEST IS now concentrating on getting winter wheat cut and yields and quality both appear to be good, but there's still a long way to go for a final 'outcome'.

  • UNTIL SOME torrential downpours in the middle of this week, harvest was progressing well to the extent that all of the winter barley and most of the winter oilseed rape has been harvested.

  • FOLLOWING THE the recent USDA report which increased global wheat production by 4.5m tonnes to a whopping 726.55m tonnes due to increased expected yields in Russia and Ukraine, more than offsetting a lower crop in Canada, wheat prices have continued to fall almost on a daily basis.

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